Basic parchment Tolkien-style fantasy map without text, an entire terrain designed by me for a roleplaying game

Right-justified fantasy map with islands and mountains and desert, terrain inspired by Europe.

This is a map where I designed the entire terrain with no input from the client. I whipped up this simple map for a client running a Dungeons and Dragons game, wanting something they could write on using an online server for the game. So there’s no text or cities or features, as they only wanted the scope of the terrain. This way they are able to customize it themselves as the game progresses. The texture is simple, with only a very light wave effect around the continent, and very minimal shading.

I’m quite happy with the simplicity of this piece of cartography. I spent a bit of time mapping out the height and continental shelves, though you can’t see that now except for in the shape of the rivers. Much of the underlying planning that goes into designing a map–worldbuilding for a fantasy game or book–is invisible, except for the effect it has on the visible elements. This knowledge of how to build a world is what I feel pushes my work from being amateur to professional.

Creating something like this is fairly fast and cheap. It’s the handling of text and design of custom symbol sets / cities and castles and so on that really chews up time. Here I am working with my free fantasy map resources from DeviantArt, and the actual artwork came together quickly.

You may have run into the set before! Yes, that’s mine, and it includes a lot of the brushes I use on a regular basis. It is very out of date and I admit I have a few more now that I have not released. I am using different textures from many sources and different fonts, of course.

Thanks for reading, and email me if you want to commission your own map! Or have a go at it yourself following my old tutorial!

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5 thoughts on “Basic parchment Tolkien-style fantasy map without text, an entire terrain designed by me for a roleplaying game

      1. You’re amazing! Thank you so much. Do you have a Kofi account or is there some other way I can pay you for this?

        1. No problem. I don’t currently have a Kofi account, if you wish to send me money you could send to my Paypal (the email address is the one you can contact me with that shows up all over the website), or you could buy one of my products from CartographyAssets or Roll20 . 🙂

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